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Dave Alvin: Eleven Eleven

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Dave Alvin
Eleven Eleven

June 21, 2011
Yep Roc Records

“A lot happens on Eleven Eleven — all of it good.”Mojo

“Dave Alvin’s latest album may be his best yet, its tales of the flipside of the American Dream set to gritty blues riffs that speak of long months on the road. “The Independent UK

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Eleven Eleven, described as the “King of California’s” most driving, electric blues and rock oriented album since 2004’s critically acclaimed Ashgrove, includes 11-tracks, for the first time in his career, written and recorded on the road and during breaks while on tour. The album features a host musicians Alvin had not recorded with since his days in The Blasters, and for the first time ever, sings on record with his brother Phil, the lead singer of The Blasters.

While the backing cast varies with different musicians at sessions separated by weeks of time, the one constant is Alvin’s assured guitar-playing. Whether it’s finger-picking on an acoustic against an accordion on “No Worries Mija” or blazing riffs on electric over a Bo Diddley beat on “Run Conejo Run,” Eleven Eleven casts a consistent gritty, bluesy feel from start to finish. The result is an album with songs rich in vivid stories, taking listeners on a bounty hunt in “Murrietta’s Head,” a tawdry scene of seduction in “Dirty Nightgown” and a true crime recollection in “Johnny Ace is Dead.”  Dave’s guitar work punctuates each tale, reinforcing moments of urgency, remorse and reflection.

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